Monday, January 24, 2011

Always build on a good foundation...

Roy A. Green was the founder/owner of the funeral home in Appalachia, Virginia. When I met him, he was about 65 and this undertaker had the softest skin! One morning when I was visiting his home for a weekend, I leaned over to give him a kiss on the cheek, and he said "...smooth as a baby's bottom!" He was right! His son, who has been my husband for 36 years, has inherited this wonderful man's smooth skin.

Good dermalogical genes run in my family, too. Mother had beautifully soft and smooth skin, as did her mother. What might come as a surprise to those who knew her is that Mother never did anything special to keep her skin so pretty. She washed it with soap and water and used a little moisturizer now and again. When I started paying attention to skin care I chose to do a little more than that. I used Merle Norman cleansers, toners and moisturizers. That regimen worked for me more than 20 years. When I reached 40 though, my skin began to change. Makeup seemed to disappear into my skin by midday. So I tried a new approach...Mary Kay skin care. And that served me quite well for many years. But then again my skin began to change.

My beautiful daughter took me on a search for something new...something different. We found hope in a jar! Yes, that is what it's called: Hope in a Jar and it is one of "Oprah's favorite things." Hope in a Jar is made by Philosophy and I use it as a moisturizer following my cleansing with Purity, which is also from Philosophy. My skin is behaving it should by the names of the products I use! (smile)

With the changes in my skincare over 40 years, one thing has remained the same. I've always invested my money in good skincare so I can buy cheap makeup!!! It's true!

I decided to write this post because a lady in a waiting room complimented me today on my skin and asked about my makeup. After thanking her, I told her that it all has to do with my Mother's skin and my skincare. She was so surprised to find out that I get bargains on makeup.

The other day I bought a generic grouping of about 60 eye shadows, 15 blushes and 30 lip colors...all for the low price of $10!!! The lip colors are more like gloss, the shadows are waaaay too soft, but, hey...$10 is $10!!! And, anyway, the blushes are pretty decent.

This lady in the waiting room didn't seem to believe my story about the cheap makeup. But it's true. You don't have to dole out your hard-earned money on expensive makeup...just spend it on the 'foundation' so to speak!

There is probably a sermon illustration in there somewhere if my husband reads my blog. After all, he used x-rays of my broken toe last year to illustrate the importance of knowing the Word of God! But that's another posting for another time...

(Remember, if you have a pulse, you have a make your life count!)

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